Tim Davies’ US Railway Travelogue finally gets underway, with Episode 1 being the London to San Francisco leg of the trip by air.
The podcast begins with the Tim waiting for his taxi to take him to London Heathrow Terminal 5, before heading off on the eleven hour flight to San Francisco.
Tim endeavours to capture the soundscape of navigating check-in, and picking up his pre-booked currency for the trip, before boarding. His voice, both knowledgeable and inviting, serves to ensure the listener feel like they have a special boarding pass for the trip.
Tim captures take-off, travelling on a British Airways A380 plane, and passing on some additional information about sights and sounds which may have passed you by – or you may not have had an opportunity to sample.
He records what it feels like above the clouds, looking down on the icebergs and mountains covered with snow, before finally landing in San Francisco on a bright sunny Saturday afternoon.
In future weeks, Episode 2 will cover Tim’s adventures in San Francisco; Episodes 3 and 4 the first of Tim’s journeys on the famous Amtrak trains (this one, The Coast Starlight), and Episode 5, Tim’s stop in Portland, Oregon – before the Travelogue continues onwards across the USA in future episodes. We trust you enjoy your journey!
Photos from throughout the trip during subsequent episodes, as well as additional images, will be added to the podcast’s own Pinterest board.
You can listen to the original Intr,oductory Episode of US Railway Travelogue where Tim explained what he hoped to get out of the journey, and the reasons behind the podcast by clicking here.
Tim would like to give his thanks to the crew of BA 287 on 23rd September 2017 who made his journey so enjoyable. He would also like to give his thanks to Amtrak and British Airways for all their assistance in making the production of this podcast possible.
Episode 14 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is the tale of ‘Hank The Plank‘.
Gilly Stewart’s podcast presenting creation, Hetty Tale Waves welcomes Sky McDonald into the studio to share a tale of bravery, fear, hope, and finally friendship for life, based in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with their breathtaking scenery.
Pavane, Op. 50 (flute ensemble arr.), composed by Gabriel Faure, performed by Steven David Tung, available by through CC BY-NC 3.0, via MusOpen.
Episode 2 of the Ex Hebridius podcast which features the reading of original creative work by Alasdair S. Goudie – in this episode, poetry – and discussion/reflection on the creative process behind it.
Originally intended to be a Christmas special, Alasdair explains the ‘lapse’ in updates since the original episode in October, the delay to what was intended to be a Christmas episode – and as you will hear, how this has all conspired to fire his creative process.
The three poems in this episode are called “Gloomful“; “Island Christmas“, and “Man Is As Island Does“. He uses the episode to talk about the inspiration behind all three – loneliness and re-emerging depression, and their impact on productivity.
Music credit (Intro and Outro): Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9, 1893; with thanks to Paco Chilito, via Archive.org With thanks.
We’re very excited about what 2018 has in store, and want to take this opportunity to wish everybody a “Happy New Year“.
Whether you want to create or find your own sounds; tell a story; help us make a noise; or do more, or better listening, Sound Vault pledges solidarity with you in 2018.
Thank you to all our show-runners, friends and supporters who put together their playlists of their “Sounds of 2017” – that’s DJ Alex-An, Seneo and Will (top, left to right); Sam, Noah and Chack (middle, left to right); and Brad, Paul, Tom, Cait and Darren (bottom, left to right). You can find all eleven of the playlists in one place by clicking here.
You can come and find out more about us – especially if you are interested in getting involved in making a show, in one of these two ways in January and February:-
* Open Studio…. at ‘maltings monthly market’: Farnham Maltings, Saturday 6th Jan and 3rd Feb. More details, click here.
* Refreshers….. a festival of retirement: Farnham Maltings, Mon. 26th Feb, 11.00am-4.00pm. More details, click here.
Episode 13 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story called “The Snow Sprite“.
Especially created to fill the gap between Christmas and New Year, this special story for the holidays is told to our regular host, Hetty Tale Waves, by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and features a trip to the moon in the company of the Snow Sprite.
Tale Waves creator, Gilly Stewart – and everyone at Sound Vault hopes you had a Happy Christmas, and looks forward to a wonderful New Year.
“Tales from the Vienna Woods“, Op. 325, Composed by Johan Strauss Jr. Performer: European Archive. Via Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0) From MusOpen.
“Sleigh Ride“, Composed by Leroy Anderson. Performer: Markus Staab. Via Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0). From MusOpen.
“Hallelujah” from The Messiah, HMV 56. Composer: George Friedrich Handel. Performer: Orchestra Gli Armonici. Via Creative Commons (Public Domain Mark 1.0). From MusOpen.
All other sound effects from www.freesfx.co.uk. All used with thanks.
Mark Sumner – presenter of our “Mixed Bag” soul, jazz and funk show – has put together a special playlist to provide the ideal party soundtrack for your Christmas Eve.
Mark’s “Mixed Bag” Christmas Eve Sack playlist is packed with classic disco and soul tunes, perfect to put on if you are looking for some floor-fillers that are a little different for a Christmas Eve party, or want to get into the party spirit with some tunes on in the background while you are cooking.
Mark’s ‘Sack’ includes tracks from G.Q., The Salsoul Orchestra, Tommy Stewart, Positive Force, T-Connection, Cheryl Lynn, Roy Ayers, Aquarian Dream, Rare Pleasure and Luther Vandross.
Mark wishes everyone a “Happy Christmas”, and will return with another party soundtrack for New Year’s Eve, before the next episode of “Mixed Bag” returns in 2018!
Our 11th and final Sounds of 2017 playlist is by Brad Jon Kane.
Brad’s choices from releases across the year include tracks by artists including HOMESHAKE, Father John Misty, jonwayne, Dan Auerbach, Gus Dapperton, Vince Staples, King Krule, and infinite bisous.
Brad has been a regular figure, working behind the scenes in the Sound Vault studio since we launched, and is a film production student at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham with a penchant for sound design.
A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has contributed their playlists for music released (and listened to, and played) during 2017 – and we look forward to hearing what 2018 has in store for us!
Our ninth Sounds of 2017 playlist is supplied by Tom Garrett, who as vice chair is one of the driving creative forces behind Sound Vault.
Tom’s selection includes tracks from the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor; Nick Hakim; Cherry Glazerr; and Grandaddy.
Tom is a final year film production student at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. He is behind “An Audio Listener’s Guide to Adequate Hearing” – one of Sound Vault’s flagship podcasts to date.
Our eighth Sounds of 2017 playlist is by Sound Vault’s youngest presenter, 11 year old Noah Dann.
Noah’s choices include more than a sprinkling of Little Mix, not to mention some Rita Ora and Camilla Cabello.
It’s been a busy year for Noah, not only launching his podcast on Sound Vault, but getting featured in the local Farnham Herald newspaper, and appearing live in the studio on Peter Gordon’s breakfast show on Eagle Radio. We’re looking forward to what 2018 has in store!
Our fifth Sounds of 2017 playlist is from Michael Chacko aka ‘Chack’. Chack did work experience with Sound Vault over the summer in 2017, and ended up making a four part podcast series charting the history of rap music, Tracks with Chack.
Chack’s choices includes tracks from the likes of Khalid, Camila Cabello, Anthony Russo, Cardi B, Belly, AJ Tracey, Ramz, and Amine.
Chack has also found time to have been a Member of the UK Youth Parliament, and when he’s not injured, he’s a keen basketball player. He’s one of Sound Vault’s own tips to watch in 2018!
Our fourth Sounds of 2017 playlist is from Sam Gard, one half of the “Keep It Cheap” duo alongside Alex Youngs, who are working on a new podcast for Sound Vault in 2018. Sam is a final year student at the University of Greenwich.
“These are thirty of my top picks of the year,” explains Sam, “That’s as narrow as I could manage. All the songs are picks from some fantastic albums, so all are worth a full listen.”
His picks includes tracks from the likes of Baxter Dury, Big Thief, Mac DeMarco, Bakar, Cosmo Pyke, Leaf Dog, Moonchild and Junius Meyvant. Enjoy – and keep your ears pinned back for “Keep It Cheap” in 2018!
Episode 12 of Tale Waves – Sound Vault’s storytelling podcast for younger children – is a pre-Christmas tale called ‘The Little Snowflake‘.
The story is told for listeners by Mother Christmas.
As well as the story, there is a poem by Gilly Stewart, especially for this time of year, entitled “Waverley Abbey Winter Thoughts“.
Gilly and the team behind Tale Wave want to take this opportunity to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas, and every best wish for a Happy New Year. We will be back for one further story before the end of the year.
Sound effects credits:-
Carol of the Bells: Composed by Mykola Leontovych, performed by Michel Rondeau, made available under Creative Commons Public Domain 1.0 via MusOpen.
Silent Night: Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, performed by Elizabeth Spencer, Harry Anthony & James F. Harrison, made available under Creative Commons Public Domain Mark 1.0 via MusOpen.
Concerto Grosso no.8, HMV 326 – III. Andante allegro: Composed by George Friedrich Handel, performed from the European Archive, made available under Creative Commons Public Domain Mark 1.0 via MusOpen.
All other sound effects via www.freesfx.co.uk – all with thanks!
Our ‘Sounds of 2017‘ series continues with DJ Alex-An. She is behind London’s female live music collective, Ecouter.
Her choices include tracks from Rory Sky, Rainy Milo, Hannah Wants, Rendezvous At Two, and Maya Jane Coles. As well as the SoundCloud player above, there is a link to SoundCloud here, and some of the tracks on a Spotify playlist here.
You can find Ecouter on Instagram by clicking here. and read more about it in a recent article in the Islington Gazette here.